"WHAT MATTERS MOST"
ALLEN, best known for his regular role in Dr.
Quinn, Medicine Woman, assumes the persona of Lucas
Warner, a brooding and confused, but handsome young
man. Lucas is a multifaceted individual who has dedicated
his life to being all things to all people. He is a
great athlete who also demonstrates a great sensitivity
and an artistic streak. Chad plays Lucas as an earnest
teen with a marked yet - quiet determination to find
his truth and lasting love with his childhood sweetheart,
while also realizing his dreams in the shadow of his
In WHAT MATTERS MOST, Allen swaps
his vintage cowboy outfit for more modern cowboy and
basketball gear for his portrayal of Lucas in WHAT MATTERS
MOST. Allen is an accomplished actor with many talents.
He excels as a guitarist, which proved useful for his
portrayal of Lucas who, in the film, is adept at guitar
and song. Allen's ability to be "at home"
with any role made him the ideal choice for the character
of Lucas. With nearly 20 feature films to his credit
including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Do You Wanna Know
a Secret, A Mothers Testimony and Terror Vision, Allen
has established a presence on more than a dozen notable
television appearances in such popular prime-time shows
as: NYPD Blue, Total Recall, Star Trek: The Next Generation,
Love Boat, In the Heat of the Night, and The Wonder
Allen also has garnered critical
acclaim on stage in such diverse productions as: Of
Mice and Men, Oliver, Biloxi Blues, The Boys in the
Band, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,
to name but a few.
CUSUMANO steps into the life of Heather Stone,
a beautiful, smart and headstrong teenager trapped by
the pressures of a small community. She is madly in
love with Lucas, the son of a wealthy Texas family who
does not approve of the relationship, and is unexpectedly
pregnant and with few options. Should she come forward
against all odds? And if she does, what does she stand
to lose? Cusumano completed her training in acting on
an international stage that included the Oxford School
of Drama in England, the Vassar College of Film &
Theatre and the Larry Moss and the Brian Reise Studios
in Los Angeles. She can be seen in such popular television
series as ER, Gun, Reform School Girl and MTV Undressed.
Prior to that she has taken the
stage in regional theater productions of Suddenly Last
Summer, The Forty Seven Samurai, A Midsummer Night's
Dream, Top Girls and Maggie Magalita, which she says
gave her the skills to transition to the small screen.
It was only natural that Cusumano would make the switch
to feature films with her first dramatic role in WHAT
MATTERS MOST. The film is executive produced by her
father James Cusumano and is written and directed by
her mother Jane Cusumano. The part of Heather was written
with love by writer/director Jane Cusumano expressly
for her talented daughter.
In addition to acting, Cusumano
is also fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, and convincingly
speaks in numerous dialects. In addition, she is adept
on the drums and bass. She also demonstrates an amazing
list of skills that include karate, snowboarding, surfing,
basketball, swimming and skateboarding.
TEAGUE establishes a presence as Raymond Warner,
the hard-bitten, wealthy Texas gentleman, determined
to make a "man" of his son, even if it means
the unintentional bullying of Lucas towards Raymond's
own black-and-white view of the future, and away from
Heather, the "white trash" object of his son's
Over the years, MARSHALL TEAGUE's
career has presented him with impressive and diverse
roles in more than three-dozen major motion pictures.
He is best known for his performance in Roadhouse, as
well as memorable character roles starring in Armageddon,
The Rock, Starflight One, Wings of the Apache, and Second
to Die. On television he has appeared as a series regular
on more than 40 mini-series and movies-of-the-week,
such as: Walker: Texas Ranger, The Sentinel, Pensacola,
Sliders, Soldier of Fortune, Babylon 5, and Rough Riders.
Teague has also made special guest appearances on a
dozen prime-time shows: Silk Stockings, Pacific Blue,
Star Trek: Voyager, and Tales from the Crypt. Teague's
uncanny ability to assume so many different personas
is rooted in his early training at the Lee Strasberg
Actors Studio as well as The Michael and Harvey Lembeck
Comedy Workshop and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
the role of the unexpectedly complex Bunny Warner fits
her like a well-tailored dress. In German's capable
hands Bunny is the spirited, slightly manic wife to
Raymond. Bunny's ball of frenetic "stage mother"
energy carries over to her son's impending wedding and
her daughter's "Little Miss Texas" beauty
pageant contests. Often dissatisfied, yet ultimately
subservient to Raymond's will, Bunny still manages to
bring an unspoken courage and deep roots to her fracturing
German lives and breathes acting
and, with a tremendous dedication to perfection, she
excels in every performance. Her feature film experience
has included leading roles in the independent productions
of The Desire, A Man Called Sarge, Things Left Unsaid,
and James Dean: An Invented Life. She has guest starred
on television in such high-rated series as Will &
Grace, Beverly Hills 90210, Chicago Hope, Home Improvement,
Coach, Murder, She Wrote, Wings, Seinfeld, Star Trek-Deep
Space Nine and Pacific Blue. These are just a few of
the popular US-television prime-time shows that German
has appeared on that also air in major international
territories. On stage, German has acted in Days of Wine
and Roses, Pajama Tops, Chicago, Those the River Keeps
and Waiting for the Parade. When she is not appearing
in feature films, on television, in theater she enjoys
singing, horseback riding and swimming,
CLATTERBUCK steps into the well-worn shoes of
Anita Stone, Heather's mother. Tamara plays Anita as
a kind and hard working single mom, in spite of the
community's perception of her as "damaged goods."
Self conscious and uneducated, she maintains a warm
relationship with her teenage daughter. Anita accepts
the cards that life has dealt her, yet strives to support
Heather's desire to escape a similar fate.
Clatterbuck is credited with a
huge number of motion pictures, television and theater
credits. Clatterbuck's recent feature film projects
include City of Industry, Under the Influence, Sour
Grapes, Blind Side, Set It Off, The Borrower, Our Lips
are Sealed, Girls in Prison and many more. She is a
regular on television appearing in such recurring prime-time
series as General Hospital, NYPD Blue, Laughs and The
Young and the Restless. To anyone who is a US-television
soap or series aficionado then Clatterbuck is high on
the fan-mail list. She has guest starred in numerous
television shows including The X-Files, Profiler, Mike
Hammer-Private Eye, Silk Stalkings, Beverly Hills 90210,
Martial Law, Murder One and Team Knight Rider. Because
of the enormous popularity of daytime television in
the US, Clatterbuck's likeness can be found on' Soap-oriented
web sites marketing memorabilia.
On stage, Clatterbuck has appeared
in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Born Yesterday, Pizzaman
and How the Other Half Loves. Of Norwegian heritage,
Clatterbuck was born in Seattle, Washington State. Before
turning to acting, she majored in business administration
and marketing and minored in classical ballet. Her hobbies
include snow skiing, watching foreign films and ballet
METZLER's entertainment career can only be described
as nothing short of prolific. He has played a variety
of great roles throughout his career, from the hotshot
LA Detective in Carl Franklin's One False Move opposite
Bill Paxton to standing in front of Kim Basinger in
his hat and boxer shorts in Curtis Hanson's LA Confidential.
With more than 75 feature film
and television appearances to his credit, Metzler has
blazed an impressive trail. In feature films, he has
also starred in Delusion, Bad City Blues, Hot to Trot,
River's Edge, Phantom Town, The Brass Ring, Under the
Influence, Cadillac Ranch, Children of the Corn III,
Gypsy Eyes, and A Gun, A Car, A Blonde on which he was
also producer. His most notable television appearances
have included guest starring in Touched by an Angel,
Sliders, JAG, Chicago Hope, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,
Murder, She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast and Perversions
of Science, Metzler has also starred in a number of
movies-of-the-week and mini-series for television appearing
in Witness Protection, Hefner: Unauthorized, Wing and
a Prayer, Apollo II, French Silk, Love Kills and Crash:
the Mystery of Flight 1501, North and South, On Wings
of Eagles, The Best Times and Cutter to Houston.
DOHERTY makes his feature film debut as Maynard
Hill, Heather's best friend at school who also works
at the gas station attached to her mother's café.
As the only African American in this small town, Maynard
knows he is the object of derision in a town unaccustomed
to open equality. Yet he is unfazed by it all. With
his skills on the basketball court and his own wisdom
about the world, Maynard proves himself to be a great
support to Lucas in his time of need. His strong bond
with Heather and his generous nature, meanwhile, shines
in the face of adversity. There could never be a truer
With his first co-starring role
in WHAT MATTERS MOST, Doherty is making inroads as a
successful working actor. Prior to landing this role,
he cut his teeth in film projects have included acting
roles in Harmony Run, On the Side and Open Locks Whoever
Knocks. On television, he has guest starred in a number
of hit series including JAG, The Huntress, Too Gangsta
for TV, MTV Undressed and ER. During college he caught
the acting bug after appearing in four college stage
productions: Boys Next Door, Lizard, Gladiators and
Taming of the Shrew. He went on to appear in the two
out-of-college stage productions of A Bucket in a Closed
Room and the NAACP award-winning 2Gs. '
An all-round sportsman, his special skills include soccer,
volleyball, tennis, baseball, football, basketball and
weightlifting. He also excels as a painter and landscape
FARR portrays Lydia Sharp, the pampered daughter
of the town's bank president, who is pretty, popular
and thrives in the spotlight. , She initially comes
off as shallow and catty, but hides an awareness that
her actions and motives may reveal a better understanding
of people than most might suspect. WHAT MATTERS MOST
is her latest feature film role. Her other feature credits
include Jack Frost 2, Terror Tract and Treading Water.
She is most recognized from her television work, which
includes Beverly Hills 90210, As the World Turns, Guiding
Light, Pacific Blue, Idiot Savants, Opposite Sex, and
Seventh Heaven. Farr has also appeared in legit theatre
in Tap Dance Kids, Annie, Frankenstein and Fame where
she made full use of her dancing experience.
In between acting stints, Farr
is also a ballet, tap, modern and jazz dancer as well
as a proficient water skier, snow skier, horseback rider
and gymnast. She is a graduate of the Anthony Aberson
and the Flo Greenberg -- Actors Workshop, New York and
took speech training with Sam Chwat.
RAY HANEY plays Jason Lee Smith an awkward, lanky
farm boy, basketball player and classmate. In this circle
of characters he is the simplest of all. An emotional,
unassuming guy who will, quite likely, happily live
out the rest of his days in his hometown. He admirably
and loyally goes along for the ride on whatever paths
his friends set before him.
With his debut, JASON RAY
HANEY makes his debut acting appearance in WHAT MATTERS
MOST. Originally trained in a variety of film and theater
workshops, including the prestigious Phyllis Gonzalez
and the Horace Griffin "scene," "film"
and "theater" study groups, Haney first acted
on stage in a number of off-Broadway style productions.
He had lead roles in Tom Jones, All My Sons, The Odd
Couple, You Can't Take It With You and Take Me I'm Yours.
In addition, he also had supporting roles in Cheaper
by the Dozen, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Watch on the
Rhine and Barefoot in the Park. His special interests
and hobbies include swimming, diving, snow and water
skiing and dancing.
LEWIS, age 11, takes on the
role of Jenetta Warner, the daughter of Raymond and
Bunny Warner. She is a precocious child, whose appetite
for "junk" food is constantly being monitored
by her overbearing "stage mother." It is Bunny's
wish that Jenetta, a talented child, win the "Littlest
Miss Texas" title in hopes that stardom will bring
more opportunities to her small town Texas life. Jenetta
desperately wants to please her mother, but at the same
time she wishes for a normal childhood. She is definitely
a "daddy's girl" who also loves her big brother
Lucas very much.
KAITLYN LEWIS makes her feature
film debut in a principal role in WHAT MATTERS MOST.
Acting for the past 8 years, Kaitlyn's professionalism
is the result of many hours of private coaching, numerous
workshops and classes. On the Tonight Show with Jay
Leno she has appeared in a variety of skits. Other appearances
include Walker, Texas Ranger and film work in Wakin'
Up in Reno and Ultimate Alibi. Kaitlyn has starred in
numerous national, regional and local commercials including
Guess Jeans, Sea World, Kraft Cheese and Radio Shack.
In her spare time, Kaitlyn loves to sing, dance, play
volleyball and golf, and surf the Internet.